Chapter published in:Complimenting Behavior and (Self-)Praise across Social Media: New contexts and new insights
Edited by María Elena Placencia and Zohreh R. Eslami
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 313] 2020
► pp. 213–236
Healthy lifestyle, dieting, fitness and bodybuilding
Compliments in the context of Polish online discussion forums and message boards
This paper studies compliments that occur in selected Polish online discussion forums devoted to topics related to a healthy lifestyle, dieting, fitness and bodybuilding. The aim of the investigation is to find out which syntactic structures, topics and functions are prevalent, and whether the Corpus Query Language is an adequate tool to analyze compliments in data retrieved from Internet forums. The study has shown that (1) the most frequent structures differ from those identified in previous studies, (2) the predominant topics identified in this study only partially overlap with previous studies, and (3) the most common function is expressing solidarity and establishing rapport. The corpus-based methodology and CQL, with some limitations, proved useful and allowed effective examination of a large database of ca. six million words.
Keywords: corpus linguistics, corpus-based analysis, new media, online forums, message boards, compliments, computer-mediated communication, healthy lifestyle, fitness, Polish
Published online: 17 December 2020
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